There are I believe, at least 4 counties in Virginia that want to go to West Virginia ... for the same reasons ...
Oh and the screw the farmers and ranchers ? Then quit eating and go hungry.
As if going hungry is a big problem in the USA......
Quality of food consumed is a problem.
Heavily subsidized farmers and ranchers often have a significant environmental impact. Though if you want to argue that folks would rather eat hamburgers and potato chips than salmon, I'd say that is about right. Watershed ecology and salmon are still a tough sell.
It is interesting how so many billions upon billions of US taxpayer dollars go to prop up farmers and ranchers in what are popular lifestyle sectors. Is this American socialism at work distorting the economy, ruining health and making people more vulnerable to the pandemic? Odd priorities.
Itâs easy to scoff at the idea of honoring the proposed borders of âGreater Idaho,â not least because itâs almost inconceivable that both Idahoâs and Oregonâs legislatures would sign off on the proposal and send it to Congress for the necessary approval. Many conversations about the subject focus on âfreedomâ and diesel fuel, breezily dismissing questions of staggering importance in the Westâwater rights, public lands, the rights of Indigenous peopleâas details that will be ironed out later.
Scenes from Portland, where Black Lives Matter protesters have sparred with the Proud Boys in paintball brawls over the past year, and worries that liberal lawmakers in Salem will outlaw diesel fuel and artificial insemination of animals, have calcified many rural Oregoniansâ sense of total alienation from the west side of the state. âThis is not the Oregon I know,â Sandie Gilson, one of Move Oregonâs Borderâs âcounty captains,â told me. âWe were farmers and ranchers and loggers. None of those values are left.â Today, half of Oregonâs population lives in the Portland metropolitan area alone.
As for draining rivers for the benefit of famers and ranchers — not so sympathetic.
I do appreciate his engaged investigative journalism but have grave doubts as to whether he can make the transition. Among other challenges, I would guess that many in rural Oregon despise the New York Times as aloof urban elite media (which it is).